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Heidrich Radiation Oncology Center

The Heidrich Radiation Oncology Center at Methodist is Central Illinois' leader in cancer treatments. At the Heidrich Center, state-of-the-art technology and a highly skilled, caring staff are centered on you and your family. The Heidrich Center was the first treatment center in Central Illinois to use high-dose-rate brachytherapy (the use of radioactive material to provide radiation treatment). We were also the first cancer center in the Midwest to offer prostate seeding implants. Today, the Heidrich Radiation Oncology Center at Methodist provides a variety of radiation cancer treatments. Our affiliation with the internationally known National Cancer Institute offers our patients the latest in cancer research trials.

TomoTherapy

The TomoTherapy® Radiation Treatment System - one of the most advanced cancer treatment systems available - is at Methodist. This precision cancer therapy targets tumors while sparing healthy tissue, with fewer side effects.

TomoTherapy provides new treatment options for cancer patients diagnosed with previously untreatable tumors - tumors in difficult-to-treat areas such as the spine, lung, throat, prostate, or upper abdomen. Doctors can treat the prostate with higher doses of radiation while reducing exposure to surrounding vital areas.

Breast Health Center

Women diagnosed with breast cancer get the support of the Methodist Breast Health Navigator. Her role is to help you through the healthcare system as you make decisions about tests and treatment options. The breast health navigator offers the latest treatment information and support services to women and their families. She also provides pre-surgery teaching and follow-up services. 

Visit our Breast Health Center for more information.

Downstate PET Center

Methodist is home to the Gemini GXL PET/CT Scanner, using advanced PET (Positron Emission Tomography) technology. PET's unique imaging capabilities help doctors diagnose different types of cancer and guide physicians to the most beneficial therapy. PET scans help doctors determine the extent of cancer, detect recurring cancer early, and monitor the response to therapy.

Bone Marrow Transplant Program

Methodist is home to the only Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant Program in downstate Illinois , and one of the few programs in the country accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

Hospital Care Unit

Our 22-bed Oncology Unit is located on the 7th floor of Methodist Medical Center (7-Hamilton). It consists of 19 private rooms and 3 transplant suites.

Patients receiving cancer treatments such as autologous stem cell transplant, surgery, chemotherapy (anti-cancer drug therapy) and radiation therapy may be cared for on the unit. 

Our nursing staff is specially trained in the administration of anti-cancer drug therapies. They are also highly skilled in the detection and care of cancer treatment side effects.

Staff are trained in all aspects of care for patients receiving stem cell transplants, from harvesting the stem cells, to reinfusing the stem cells (returning the stem cells to the body), to caring for the patient throughout the entire transplant process.

The Oncology Unit staff, chaplains, and social workers also offer psychosocial and spiritual support for patients and their family members.

We also provide compassionate end of life care for patients, when appropriate, along with support for their loved ones.

Additional Resources

American Cancer Society